Kingston Bagpuize House, with its Queen Anne exterior, unique cantilevered staircase and Gardens, are exclusive locations for filming and photoshoots. Recent filming includes a new adaption of Emma by Jane Austen, with Anya Taylor-Joy and Johnny Flynn in the cast; ITV’s Downton Abbey, BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time and Tortoise in Love.
The Entrance Hall and Drawing Room featured in Series 5, 6 and the Christmas Special of the television drama Downton Abbey as the home of Lord Merton. Dames Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton and Douglas Reith were among the actors who took part in these scenes.
Tortoise in Love
The making of Tortoise in Love could almost be a film in itself. Almost the entire village of Kingston Bagpuize in Oxfordshire was involved in making the film. Young mothers helped with the sales, design and publicity. Retired folk provided the drivers, stewards, props and logistics support. The Women’s Institute organised a phenomenal catering effort and all the cast and crew were lodged in village homes for the duration of the shoot. Much of the budget of the film was raised by a mini-mogul scheme of small local investors to fund the professional cast and crew. In return for its spectacular voluntary effort, the village owns a ‘Golden Share’ of the film meaning that clubs, schools and societies in the village will benefit from any future profits.
The video clip is about the film Tortoise in Love, the village that made the film and how it took it all the way to Leicester Square. Click here to read more about Tortoise in Love.
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